Line of Duty Season 7 Release Date: What Could Happen in a Season 7 Return?

Fans of Line of Duty have been left wondering if a seventh season would ever be made after the cliffhanger that was the sixth season finale.

The Sun now reports that the sitcom will return for a final three-part season starring original cast members Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, and Adrian Dunbar.

Finally, in Season 6, DC Chlo Bishop discovered that H—also known as the Fourth Man—was Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle), a target of the anti-corruption team Hastings, Arnott, and Fleming.

On the other hand, if recent comments by Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar are any indication, the drama may not be over just yet.

The actor who plays Ted Hastings in the Jed Mercurio series has said he is “hoping something might happen next year” with Line of Duty.

Two 90-minute episodes, a movie, a four-parter, etc.,” he teased. We hope to be able to repeat this experience in the future. For the upcoming year, I have high hopes.

He also said that he frequently discusses the possibility of reuniting with his co-stars and that “something is in Jed’s laptop – a couple of templates as to how things could go.”

There’s always something we can chat about. Currently, Vicky [McClure] and her guy Jonny Owen run their production firm. Eventually, we hope to do something together.

Line of Duty Season 7 Release Date

Whether or not a Season 7 will be ordered remains to be seen, but if it does happen, fans will have to wait a while.

Due to a global pandemic that delayed filming, the first six seasons of Line of Duty aired in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2021. The drama often airs between March and April, although it is not a hard and fast rule.


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While it’s still possible that Mercurio will be able to write and film the second season in time for a 2022 air date, we now expect Line of Duty to return in the spring of 2023.

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It would be a shame if Martin Compston never worked with his fellow Line of Duty cast members again, he told ES Magazine, but he understands that everyone needs a break “It’s devastating to think that I may never work with the team again. Additionally, after this week’s events, I believe that everyone, including the viewing public, deserves a break. So, I guess we’ll find out.”

Will the BBC Renew Line of Duty?

When asked the BBC for comment, they rejected it, despite The Sun’s claims of a three-part series finale. Given the show’s unprecedented success in Season 6, it’s no surprise that the BBC is considering renewing it for a seventh season.

BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore said, “It’s no wonder that last night’s jaw-dropping climax hit a rating record; Line of Duty has been addictive event television, keeping the nation guessing for the previous seven weeks.

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“I’d want to congratulate Jed Mercurio and the rest of the actors and crew on delivering such a fantastic drama series. I’m eager to have a chat with the crew about our next steps and the potential for the show’s continuation. Fans of the show will recognize the response “No comment” from BBC Drama commissioner Piers Wenger when asked about season 7.

Line of Duty Season 7 Cast

Fortunately, Martin Compston (DI Steve Arnott), Adrian Dunbar (Superintendent Ted Hastings), and Vicky McClure (Assistant Chief of Police) all made it through Season 6 alive, so fans may look forward to their return in Season 7. (DI Kate Fleming).

DC Chloe Bishop (Shalom Brune-Franklin), AC-12’s hardest-working recruit, is also expected to return (however, with the city’s anti-corruption teams merging, nothing is certain).


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Even while we may assume Anna Maxwell Martin will be returned as DCS Patricia Carmichael, the actress recently told Grazia, “I wouldn’t know… I don’t think they know who I am because I’m not part of the in-crowd there.

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Guest stars on the show have included the likes of Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Daniel Mays, Thandiwe Newton, Stephen Graham, and Kelly Macdonald so far.

Only Hawes has appeared in multiple seasons of Line of Duty from this all-star cast. Kelly Macdonald’s Jo Davidson, who survived the sixth season, could do the same; yet, this seems highly improbable given that the season six finale found her under witness protection (with a girlfriend, a cottage, and a golden retriever – lucky).

Season 7 may be led by a different A-list TV actor, but we won’t know until Jed Mercurio makes his choice.

What Could Happen in a Season 7 Return?

It’s impossible to predict what will happen in a potential seventh season of Line of Duty, but now that we know who ‘H’ is, the show will need to take some bold new steps if it hopes to be renewed for a second season. We have faith that Mercurio will still have plenty of ideas, though.

The identity of ‘H’ or ‘The Fourth Man,’ a case that has haunted AC-12 for years, was finally revealed in the season 6 conclusion, as many fans had anticipated it would be.

At the close of the episode, we saw Ted’s evidence wall, which had mugshots of individuals dating back to the first season, being pulled down, signaling the completion of a storyline that has been playing out since the very beginning of the drama.


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There’s no reason AC-12 couldn’t come back with another case; doing so would surely shake things up. The Big Bad’s identity being revealed to be Buckells is satisfying in many ways.

On the BAFTA TV red carpet, Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar hinted to Tom Allen, “There may be a way to continue with all that,” suggesting that the H plot might not be completely wrapped up.

In addition to the H factor, there are concerns about AC-12’s future as a unit: despite the operation’s success, Chief Constable Osborne is moving forward with his plan to dismantle the force’s anti-corruption units, and the credits show that he is promoting people close to him, including Patricia Carmichael, to influential positions.

This could be a sign that the show is coming to an end, but it could also be building up an exciting seventh season in which Steve, Kate, and (hopefully) Ted fight to recover command of the unit.

They would face greater resistance than ever before in their attempt to catch bent coppers. They may have gotten their top man, but there is no denying that there are still a lot of bad employees who need to be fired.

Chief Constable Philip Osborne (Owen Teale), who many fans still consider to be the most senior bent copper, has been mentioned by name by Mercurio, and he does appear willing to delve deeper into his character. The showrunner said to Den of Geek, “I think that if there is more Line of Duty then certainly there’s promise there. He’s a career politician who continues to lie and has ties to corruption (the Karim Ali case, the Lawrence Christopher case).


Even though most of the show’s secrets were resolved in its most recent installment, Line of Duty will reportedly return for a three-episode season in 2023. Since the season six finale, every single cast member, including creator Jed Mercurio, has hinted at or outright promised a return for AC-12 in interviews.

In 2019, the gang will reunite to wrap up some “unfinished business,” according to a source who spoke with The Sun. For more details visit our website

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